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Green Bag Company uses waste
from its parent company, Shade Sails
Canada, to make a wide variety of bags.
Photo: Green Bag Company.

Tote bags made of excess materials
from Shade Sails Canada are
produced by Green Bag Company.
Photo: Green Bag Company.

36 REVIEW MAY 2019

SUSTAINABLE SAILING
Revelstoke is a small town in British
Columbia, Canada, known for its
mountains, snow skiing opportunities and
outdoor lifestyle.
As such, it's a community that is
concerned about the environment-a
community that includes the employees
of Shade Sails Canada, a family-owned
business that sells its products throughout
Canada as well as in the U.S. and
elsewhere in the world.
"It's a forward-thinking community,"
says Graham Harper, Shade Sails Canada
operations manager, and one that was
eager to help out when the company
decided it needed to do something new
with the amount of waste that was coming
from the manufacture of its products.
Thus in late 2018 was born Green Bag
Company (with Shade Sails Canada as its
parent), which produces a line of bags,
many of them intended for gardening,
using those excess materials.
"As a company, we talked a lot with
the people who live here about what we

might be able to do with the materials,"
says Harper, "and everybody agreed that
gardening products would be a good
place to start. There was certainly a lot of
interest in what we wanted to do."
The bags include various sizes of grow
bags and transplanter kits, as well as
seedling cones. The line also includes tote
and shopping bags, wine bags and utility
bags, as well as bags for hockey equipment
and ski boots.
Gardening is particularly an ideal use
for the shade fabric, according to Harper.
The shade fabric is resistant to fading,
breathable, washable and withstands a
wide range of weather conditions. It is
also extremely strong and comes in a wide
range of vibrant colors.
Harper says the company hopes the
current product line is just a start. Green
Bag Company is already looking for new
product possibilities, including sandbox
covers and fashion bags.
"Our ultimate goal is zero waste," says
Harper. "There are always other things to
look at."



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